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4/17/2014 10:48:00 AM
2014-2015 Preliminary Test Administration Manual Now Available

To help district test coordinators prepare for the 2014-15 school year, ODE has posted the 2014-15 Preliminary Test Administration Manual (TAM) to http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam. The purpose of the Preliminary TAM is to provide districts with advance notice on the anticipated polices and requirements that will govern administration of the 2014-2015 Oregon Statewide Assessments, including the operational Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and English language arts. In addition, please note that the Preliminary TAM also contains the final policies and requirements in effect for the 2014-2015 Kindergarten Assessment.

To facilitate the integration of the Smarter Balanced assessments into the Oregon Statewide Assessment System, ODE has based the Preliminary TAM on the Oregon Customized Smarter Balanced Field Test Administration Manual. As you review the Preliminary TAM, please note that ODE has made several important customizations to the Smarter Balanced Test Administration Manual to align terminology and protocols with Oregon requirements where possible or to call out differences in policy between Oregon's current Statewide Assessment System and the Smarter Balanced assessments. In addition, ODE has incorporated several new sections that address the broader Oregon Statewide Assessment System. A high-level summary of these customizations is included below:
  • Clarified Oregon-specific training and reading requirements and recommendations (Section 1.5 Training Requirements)
  • Aligned test security terminology and reporting procedures with Oregon terminology and procedures (Section 2 Test Security, Section 3 Test Improprieties and Irregularities, and throughout)
  • Added ODE-specific policies around such topics as school imposed test windows and providing for students who are not testing (Section 4 Planning for Test Administration)
  • Added sections on administering Oregon-specific assessments (Section 7 Administering OAKS Online, Section 8 Administering the ELPA, Section 9 Administering the Kindergarten Assessment, Section 10 Administering the Extended Assessments, and Section 11 Administering the NAEP)
  • Added appendix addressing ODE-specific policies on student inclusion (Appendix F: Student Inclusion)
  • Changed “DC” to “DTC” and “SC” to “STC” to align to Oregon terminology (throughout)
  • Applied the Smarter Balanced accessibility terminology (universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations) to the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (throughout)
  • Moved sections on Technology Infrastructure and Designating Student Accessibility and Accommodation Options in TIDE to appendices

ODE will publish an Interim Test Administration Manual by August 1, 2014 that locks down all policies and requirements that are not specific to the new Smarter Balanced assessments; this Interim Test Administration manual will also include information about the nationally-normed test that will be offered in 2014-2015 for all students in Grade 10 as required under ORS 329.488. Once the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium releases its final policies and requirements that will govern the operational administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments, ODE will publish a Final Test Administration Manual that includes the final policies and requirements for administering the Smarter Balanced assessments.

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